Stranger By The Lake

Synopsis: Franck, a fit gay man, seeks love at a lakeside gay cruising beach. Among the mostly pudgy nude sunbathers, he befriends Henri, a depressed middle-aged bi-sexual who enjoys the quiet but accepts Franck's company. When Michel appears, Franck finally spots a man he'd like to know sexually. Unfortunately, he also spots him drowning his gay lover but opts not to tell anyone in order to consider having a relationship with this handsome yet remorseless killer.
Director(s): Alain Guiraudie
Production: Strand Releasing
  18 wins & 38 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
100 min

You OK?


Decent turnout today.

It's looking pretty good.

It's not exactly hopping, but...

Well, I'm going in.

The water's nice.

Water warm?


Aren't you coming in?


Are you still digesting?

I'm not a big swimmer.

Sometimes I don't even go in.


I like sitting by the

water. It's pleasant.

Mind if I sit down?

Not at all.

Doesn't the silurus scare you?

The 30-footer?

15 would do the trick.

That's ridiculous.

Have you seen it?

No, but they're here. Those

suckers are everywhere.

I don't doubt there's a

silurus in the lake,

several even, but a

15-footer, no way.

12-footers aren't unusual.

Sure, they've spotted

12-foot siluruses.

And what's 3 feet?

I wouldn't want to bump

into one of those.

Me neither.

Still, a 15-footer?

Don't make me laugh.

I would have seen it by now.

You've never been in the

same place at the same time.

Do you come here often?

Do you want to know

if I live alone, too?

No, I've just never

seen you here before.

- Are you a regular?

- Yes.

But it's my first time this summer.

Are you new to the area?

My girl and I used to

go to the other side,

to spend time with the families.

Oh, I see.

We split up this spring.

So now I come here.

I like the peace and quiet.

It's calm, deserted.

I'm not trying to chase you away.


I like talking with you.

What do you do?

Not much at the moment.

And before?

I sold vegetables at markets.

And now?

I'm thinking of what to do next.

But I've got no clue.

And what do you do?

It doesn't really matter.

I told you. Now it's your turn.

I'm a logger.


Well, it's no dream job.

No, but it's great.

Working outdoors in the

forest must have its perks.

Excuse me, I gotta go.

- Hey.

- How's it going?



Tell me...

Seen any women?


You know, horny ones.

I think you're in the wrong place.

I assure you, women do come.

I've never seen one.

Obviously you don't come often.

Good luck, then.

It's been ages.

Look who's talking.

Where've you been?

No, where've you been?

Wanna sit?

I'm gonna say hi. I'll be back.


How did it go?


Did you find your man?

What gives you that idea?

You took off like a shot.

I assume it wasn't just to say hi.

So did you find him?


That sucks.

Funny, the woods aren't so big.

I found him, but he wasn't alone.

Even worse.

Mind if I get naked?

I'm not sure it's allowed here.

It's not allowed anywhere.

They do it over there.

Yeah, but it's not allowed.

Are you married?


But you live with a woman?

No, I'm gay.

You only sleep with men?

Can we speak frankly?

It's unusual.

What is?

Guys who sleep together, sure,

but they've got a

wife or girlfriend.

Guys who are gay, I mean,

really gay, are pretty rare.

Ever go into the woods?

No, but I know Cap d'Agde and a

few beaches in the Landes...

And you've never seen real gay men?

There was one guy,

very gentle and sweet, very

effeminate too, not like you.

You'd never think you were...

You don't act like a...

You seem like a regular guy.

And he only slept with guys.

I never thought a man

could make love that way.

So you've been with guys.

It's happened. When

I was with my girl.

We had such a blast together.

Weekends, we'd go to the Cap

and screw 3, 4, 10 at a time.

We sure had fun.

Why did you split up?

I dunno.

Sick of all that, maybe.

Of each other, too.

Can you watch my stuff?

You swim like a pro.


You're not so bad yourself.

Not nearly as good as you.

Have you been in competitions?

When I was a kid.

- Mind if I sit?

- Not at all.

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Alain Guiraudie

Alain Guiraudie (French: [giʁodi]; born 15 July 1964) is a French film director and screenwriter. He has directed ten mostly LGBT-related films since 1990. He is openly gay. more…

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